Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Chelsea Manning and the New Inquisition
The U.S. government, determined to extradite and try Julian Assange for espionage, must find a way to separate what Assange and WikiLeaks did in publishing classified material leaked to them by Chelsea Manning from what The New York Times and The Washington Post did in publishing the same material...
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Monday, March 11, 2019
Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics
The Israel lobby ’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby’s campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian...
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On March 14, 2017, Trump, along with Kushner, met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office.  (Photo: The White House/flickr) Views
Monday, March 04, 2019
Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Strangelove
The most dangerous foreign policy decision of the Trump administration—and I know this is saying a lot—is its decision to share sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia and authorize U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country. I spent seven years in the Middle East. I covered...
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“Nonviolent discipline, as the research shows, is the No. 1 criterion for maximizing the potential for success.”(Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, February 25, 2019
Extinction Rebellion
There is one desperate chance left to thwart the impending ecocide and extinction of the human species. We must, in wave after wave, carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capitals of the major industrial countries, crippling commerce and transportation, until the ruling...
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Those who seek to communicate outside of digital structures to question or challenge the dominant narrative, to deal in ambiguity and nuance, to have discussions rooted in verifiable fact and historical context, are becoming incomprehensible to most of modern society. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, February 18, 2019
Worshipping the Electronic Image
Donald Trump, like much of the American public, is entranced by electronic images. He interprets reality through the distortions of digital media. His decisions, opinions, political positions, prejudices and sense of self are reflected back to him on screens. He views himself and the world around...
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Monday, February 11, 2019
Peter Jackson’s Cartoon War
When director-producer Peter Jackson ’s World War I film, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which miraculously transforms grainy, choppy black-and-white archival footage from the war into a modern 3D color extravaganza, begins, he bombards us with the clichés used to ennoble war. Veterans, over background...
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These are the last, agonizing days of the American Empire. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, January 28, 2019
The World to Come
The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of...
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The corporate forces that have commodified the natural world for profit have also commodified human beings. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Confronting the Culture of Death
The issue before us is death. Not only our individual death, which is more imminent for some of us this morning than others, but our collective death. We have begun the sixth great mass extinction , driven by our 150-year binge on fossil fuel. The litany of grim statistics is not unfamiliar to many...
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American workers have never achieved the array of rights won by workers in other industrialized countries.(Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, January 14, 2019
The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers
Corporate dictatorships—which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security—rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. These corporations, with...
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The networks seek to attract viewers and increase profits, not disseminate information about political issues. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
The Election Circus Begins
It is January 2019. This signals the start of the 2020 election circus. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the first big-name Democrat on stage. But we will soon be deluged with candidates, bizarre antics and endless commentary by fatuous TV and radio pundits. The hyperventilating, the constant polling, the...
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